Linda lottery winner linked to stolen car
A Linda man who made headlines earlier this year when his $5 lotto scratch card turned out to be worth $2 million used some of his winnings to post bail on Sunday.
John Ross Jr. hit the jackpot in February and was arrested Sunday on suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Deputies said Ross helped Skila Ann Hickman hide and fix a stolen Honda sedan.
Detectives determined that Ross played a role in assisting Hickman get the car behind a residence in the 1400 block of Dodson, Lt. Damon Gil said Monday.
"At some point, the vehicle stopped running and Ross was helping her with that, too," Gil said.
Ross, 30, still had enough cash to get out of jail quickly and posted bail a few hours after he was booked.
He could not be reached for comment.
Hickman, 21, of Hayward was still in custody Monday evening on felony suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools. Her bail was set at $25,000.
A patrolling Yuba County sheriff's deputy spotted the Honda around 10 a.m. Saturday and confirmed it was reported stolen out of Yuba City, Gil said.
Ironically, Ross told the Appeal-Democrat in March he intended to use his winnings to buy a car.
"I've never had a car. I'm 29, and I've never had a car," Ross told the Appeal-Democrat in March. "There's something wrong there."
Ross opted to take cash payments over a 20-year period and said he hoped the money would change his life for the better. "I don't have to run around the streets no more," Ross said in March.
The Linda native said he had big plans for the money and planned to take care of those close to him.
"This is my one chance to do something," he said in March. "I've got to take advantage of it and not blow it."
Ross is set to appear July 17 for arraignment in Yuba County Superior Court.
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